Papilio (a genus in the swallowtail butterfly family) is a 6 bedroom private villa, sleeping up to 16 adults and children. Set within 3 acres of forest and with 130 metres of pristine beachfront, it offers comfortable luxury with absolute exclusivity and privacy.


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The main living areas consist of a large dining area and two large sitting rooms; one overlooking the beautiful pristine beach, and the other with a lovely open fire for those cooler winter evenings after a day spent on the ocean – cards, backgammon, chess and other games are all available. The dining room also overlooks the beach, and connects to the kitchen and guest bar.


The ‘courtyard’ design of this villa makes it perfect both for smaller groups or large. There are 4 spacious en-suite double/twin rooms, each with their own private deck and living area, as well as a further 2 en-suite double/twin rooms built as “treehouses”, accessed by a suspended walkway. The master suite has a large dressing room and generous living area. The other suites are spaciously located, giving them maximum privacy.


A deck sitting in the tree canopy links the two treehouses; they are very generously proportioned, and are wonderful for adults and children alike. The pool is set in a large hardwood terrace, with walkways linking it to the main bedrooms and the living areas. On the beach itself is a shaded outside gazebo, providing a perfect place for lazy lunches with the soft sea breeze, or dinners with the moon shimmering off the nearby water.


A slender coral island just off Mozambique’s remote northern coast, Vamizi Island is part of the Quirimbas Archipelago, sometimes called the new Maldives.

Immersed as it is in the Indian Ocean, Vamizi is easier to reach than you might think, considering how castaway it is – and with miles of deserted coastline and a tropical ocean to cross, it’s all part of the adventure.

Staff & Dining

Papilio is staffed with a private chef and hospitality team (villa manager, housekeepers and butler) and has its own 4×4 car with driver.

Things to Do

Outdoor table tennis, beach badminton and kayaks are available at the villa for guests, along with the ability to organise fishing, diving, dhow sailing, nature walks, community visits and picnics.